This fantastic poster campaign by King James for the city of Cape
Town was launched earlier this year and features a number of well known
local personalities, including singer Jimmy Nevis, DJ Ian Bredenkamp,
comedian Siv Ngesi and even the Mayor Patricia De Lille (to name just a
few) in a fight against substance abuse. I'm a great supporter of this
campaign. Its strong photography and use of bold clean typography is
brilliant, but like the celebrities, I also have a problem but mines not
a drug related one, but instead to do with the posters copy writing...
the posters the personalities state their name and that they "have a
(serious) drug problem" or "I'm putting an end to my drug problem". For
me the double entendre would of worked better if they would of stated
that "I have a (serious) problem with drugs" or "I'm putting an end to
my problem with drugs". I know it's a subtle change, but it just plays
on me each time I see it, which I don't want to happen as I really
support everything else about the campaign. That said, the posters do
make you look twice so they are certainly working.
In addition, I
am glad to report that this campaign has been a super success with a
marked increase in people requesting assistance with substance abuse in
the Western Cape since it's launch in March.
Click here to read more about this great campaign.